Is agriculture the future of employment?

My piece in the guardian today is about employment in agriculture. Specifically, I ask if agriculture can be the driver of employment that we hope, or if it can’t. My thinking is driven by these three graphs.   First, the fraction employed in agriculture globally is falling despite increased production for the most parts.  … Continue reading Is agriculture the future of employment?

Catching up: on reserves, swap deals, and inflation

I’ve been out of the blogosphere for a while and a lot has happened since then. This is a quick round up of my thoughts.   First on the foreign reserves, which as at last week had hit somewhere around $47bn. Cue the statistic being turned into a political weapon and spun as some kind… Continue reading Catching up: on reserves, swap deals, and inflation

A bunch of rice graphs

From a whatsapp group discussion today. Sharing because why not. Nigeria Rice yields per hectare Nigeria and Thailand Rice yields per hectare. Nigeria Rice harvested area Nigeria rice production India, Nigeria, Thailand, and Vietnam rice production in millions Do what you want with that information. Source: FAOStat (http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data/QC)

Is Lagos the best place for ports?

The president is in Lagos this week to, amongst other things, flag off the construction of a deep sea port in Lekki, Lagos. Of course there are two other major ports in Lagos and no one needs reminding about the congestion at Apapa. There have been a couple of discussions about why all the ports… Continue reading Is Lagos the best place for ports?

Much ado about the foreign reserves + Extras

My article in the guardian yesterday was about the central bank’s foreign reserves, what it means, and why we care about it. You can read it online here. Two things I did not mention in the article due to space constraints. First, its great that the foreign reserves are much higher than the lows we saw… Continue reading Much ado about the foreign reserves + Extras